Mayor John Hickenlooper has appointed Jeffrey M. Walsh to the Citizen Oversight Board. The appointment was formally approved by City Council on Monday night.
Walsh joined Friesen Lamb LLP (formerly Hale Friesen LLP) in February as an employment and labor lawyer. He previously worked as counsel at Ridley, McGreevy & Weisz, and was the principle of his own criminal defense practice, The Walsh Law Firm, where he handled trials and appeals for high-level felony cases. He also worked as a trial attorney in the Colorado Public Defender’s Office from June 2001 to January 2007, where he tried three first-degree murder cases, approximately 15 misdemeanor jury trials and 20 felony jury trials.
“Walsh is an experienced trial attorney who understands the criminal justice system,” Hickenlooper said. “He will bring that expertise with him to the Citizen Oversight Board, ultimately helping to ensure fair and objective oversight of the Denver Police and Sheriff’s departments.”
Walsh graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2001, where he was an associate editor for the Michigan Law Review. He was also a semi-finalist in the law school’s moot court competition. In 1997, he graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with degrees in History and Economics.
Walsh will serve on the Citizen Oversight Board through Jan. 1, 2013. The board is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of the Independent Monitor’s Office; making recommendations regarding discipline, use of force and other policies; addressing rules, hiring, training, community relations and the complaint process; and addressing any other issues of concern to the community, members of the board, the monitor, the manager of safety, the chief of police, the under sheriff or the fire chief.
Communications Director Eric Brown or
Deputy Comm. Dir. Sabrina D’Agosta